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Non-American NFL franchise will happen soon, says Victor Cruz

By Staff Reporter

Published 14/07/2016

Leon McKenzie fights Jahmaine Smyle on November 12
Leon McKenzie fights Jahmaine Smyle on November 12

New York Giants star Victor Cruz believes it is "only a matter of time" before an NFL franchise exists outside of the United States.

Wide receiver Cruz, who was a star at college level for Massachusetts, thinks it is an exciting possibility for there to be an international NFL franchise.

Two matches will be played at Wembley Stadium this season, while Twickenham will host its first NFL game.

The three matches in October will mark the 10th year in which London has hosted a regular-season NFL game.

Mexico City will also feature on the calendar this season, and China is another country under consideration for 2018.

Meanwhile, the NFL revealed earlier this year that plans to have a British-based franchise by 2022 remain on track.

Cruz, whose Giants team will face the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham on October 23, said: "I think there are going to be more games played outside of the US.

"The NFL is trying to expand its reach across many markets, and I think it is only a matter of time when we see a team in an international market.

"I am excited for that opportunity and I am all about expanding our network and expanding our reach."

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